Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club
|Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club|
|Location||Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, London, W4 2SH|
|Home water||Tideway, River Thames|
Established in 1897, its kit colours are white, claret (a form of red) and green[n 1] Until 1956 the club was one of the leading and few London members of the National Amateur Rowing Association and helped to bring about the gradual merger with the Amateur Rowing Association for people in 'non-physical' work, to which were affiliated the various clubs on the Putney Embankment.
Thames Tradesmen compete in the Head of the River Race and its three offshoots for smaller boats than eights each year. The club organises a training camp each year before Henley Royal Regatta. During the Summer Season TTRC is prominent on the regatta circuit and look to peak at Henley and The National Championships.
Alongside Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club, Thames Tradesmen's is the closest club to Barnes, much of W4 (Chiswick) and to Roehampton but its affordable rates and size enable TTRC to cater to a wide area without rowing clubs in west, north-west and south London. Crews have exclusive use of downstairs in a very large two-storey building with ten changing rooms, sponsored by the local London Borough to enable the top half of the premises to be divided up at weekends, with two clubs sharing the rugby and football fields adjoining.
Its clubroom is large with a well-glazed view of the Barnes ornate riverside buildings across the river. It has a rich history and has inducted and enhanced the fitness and technical ability a wide range of rowers including international-standard oarsmen since the 1960s. Thames Tradesmen is a friendly open club which accepts all abilities and is always open to new members.
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